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Peter Pedroncelli, 6:44 am AFKI Original
The 2017 AFCON qualification matches took place over the course of the past weekend, with a number of national teams securing their places at the Africa Cup of Nations ahead of the final qualifying matchday. The tournament is set to take place in Gabon at the beginning of next year, so the Panthers are assured of qualification as hosts, but for the rest of the continent, the qualification phase has been crucial.
Dana Sanchez, 10:01 am
Each year in Spain, La Tomatina festival goers throw more than 100 tonnes of tomatoes at each other for fun. Tomatoes are an important ingredient in many Nigerian dishes and many people can’t afford them after tomato farms were devastated by a moth nicknamed “tomato Ebola.” About 80 percent of production in Kaduna state — tomato capital of Nigeria — was hit by the pest. It’s a tomato state of emergency.
Dana Sanchez, 4:17 pm
South Africa lost its spot as No. 1 economy in Africa to Nigeria in 2014, and its No. 2 spot to Egypt in 2016. So who has best shot next at bypassing the South African economy? These are 21 of the International Monetary Fund’s top performing economies in Africa based on gross domestic product. You’ll be surprised who’s absent from this list: Rwanda.
Kurt Davis Jr., 12:35 pm AFKI Original
Competing consumer and developer interests are finding middle ground in some African countries and striking out in others. Low energy prices are the most desirable political outcome, but investment slows or is avoided altogether below a certain price threshold. Short term, coal will remain a vital part of African power generation. But the potential for investing in Africa’s renewable energy market shouldn’t be ignored.
Julia Austin, 6:20 pm AFKI Original
Aliko Dangote, the richest black person on Earth, typically gets three hours of sleep a night. He has admitted in interviews that he sleeps between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. “I don’t rest until I achieve something,” the workaholic Nigerian said. He’s been credited with writing a revolutionary new African development narrative. Here’s a look inside the high-profile, hectic and sleep-deprived life of billionaire Aliko Dangote.
African governments have tried to limit and stop its use, but marijuana remains deeply ingrained in African traditions, economies and recreation. It is an important source of income, but is illegal everywhere in Africa. Tolerance and enforcement vary from country to country. There’s a growing belief that with the proper regulations, marijuana should be legalized for the greater good. AFKInsider compiled a list of African countries and ranked them for marijuana tolerance. We’ve also provided a list of most marijuana-friendly countries in the world as a basis for comparison.
Staff, 5:56 pm
There is widespread social resistance under way in Africa. Grassroots protesters are questioning the logic of export-led “growth” and fiscal austerity. They are demanding that their basic needs be met instead. After the dramatic Arab Spring, protesters picked up the pace in many sub-Saharan countries. Even if it is ignored in Kigali, or repressed on the ground, the popular risings against the WEF’s dubious “Africa Rising” rhetoric await…
Dana Sanchez, 6:36 pm
Banks are waking up to bitcoin and the blockchain and its ability to transform banking, an expert says. But not quickly enough. “The coding behind virtual currency bitcoin could … prove to be enormously transformational, potentially even replacing the SWIFT network for interbank payments.” African blockchain-related startups will pitch new products in sectors ranging from remittances to renewable energy at the SWIFT African Regional Conference in Mauritius on May 18.
Julia Austin, 5:25 pm AFKI Original
Necessity is the mother of invention in many rural African communities. Many are so isolated that people cannot get to a city without huge effort and expense. This has led to a few brilliant ideas that have become products and services that can benefit rural communities everywhere. One is the Tutu Tester van, a mobile clinic that brings trained medical professionals to remote communities. The van tests for TB and HIV as a regular checkup to remove the stigma and encourage people to be tested.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:50 am AFKI Original
Coaching is a rough gig. The pressure is always high, and with national teams in Africa the changes seem to ring all too often. The consistent pressure at the top means that African national team coaches are often sacked or forced to resign, and this year has been no different. We look at 8 of the national team coaching changes that have taken place so far this year.
We look at 8 of the national team coaching changes that have taken place so far this year.
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